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Books

A Handful of Dirtby Raymond Bial (Walker & Co., 2000).

The Science of Soilby Jonathan Bocknek (Gareth Stevens Pub., 1999).

Earthworms, Dirt, and Rotten Leaves: an exploration in ecologyby Molly McLaughlin (Atheneum, 1986).

Secrets of the Soilby Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird (Harper & Row, 1989).

Web Sites

Living Soil
interactive.usask.ca/skinteractive/modules/agriculture/soils/soilliv/index.html
Groups and describes soil organisms based on their sizes and ecological functions. Links to detailed explanation of soil structure.

The Microbe Zoo: Dirtland
commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/dlc-me/zoo/zdmain.html
Playful look at the ecological functions of soil microbes and the habitats they occupy.

Soil Biological Communities
www.id.blm.gov/soils/
Looks at the major groups of soil organisms living in open rangeland in the American West.

Soil Biology Primer
www.statlab.iastate.edu/survey/SQI/SoilBiology/soil_biology_primer.htm
Online version of printed publication with details about the importance of soil organisms in building and maintaining healthy soil.

Soil (Britannica)
www.britannica.com/bcom/eb/article/1/0,5716,117551+1,00.html
In-depth discussion of soil formation and its physical characteristics.

Underground Adventure
www.fmnh.org/ua/default.htm
Virtual exhibit at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History. Tour the museum exhibit, meet underground creatures, and learn how to do soil experiments.


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